What Day of the Month Do I Get my Social Security Payment?

June 6, 2019 • By

Last Updated: August 19, 2021

" "Timing is everything, and the arrival time of your monthly payment from Social Security can be key to keeping your financial house in order.

As you budget to pay your bills and save for future needs, keep in mind that your monthly retirement or disability benefit will be paid at the same time each month. To see your next payment date, create or log on to your my Social Security online account and go to the “Benefits & Payments” section.

In general, here’s how we assign payment dates:

  • If you were born on the 1st through the 10th of the month, you’ll be paid on the second Wednesday of the month;
  • If you were born on the 11th through the 20th of the month, you’ll be paid on the third Wednesday of the month; and
  • If you were born after the 20th of the month, you’ll be paid on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

There are exceptions. For example, children and spouses who receive benefits based on someone else’s work record will be paid on the same day as the primary beneficiary.

For others, we may issue your payments on the 3rd of each month. Among other reasons, we do this if:

  • You filed for benefits before May 1, 1997;
  • You also receive a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payment;
  • Your Medicare premiums are paid for by the state where you live; or
  • You live in a foreign country.

Individuals who receive SSI payments due to disability, age, or blindness receive those payments on the 1st of each month.

If your payment date falls on a federal holiday or weekend, you can expect to receive that month’s payment on the weekday immediately prior.

You can see a current schedule for Social Security and SSI benefit payments in an easy-to-read calendar.

Social Security is with you through life’s journey, helping you to secure today and tomorrow through important financial benefits, information, and planning tools. To learn more, please visit our website.

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Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner


  1. Lynne

    My Social Security retirement benefits were suppose to begin on the 4th Wednesday of March, but I received my first payment on March 3rd. Will I also receive a payment on 3/25/20 (today).

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Lynne, thank you for your question. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community work with our offices with specific questions. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance or you can contact your local Social Security office. Please look for the general inquiry telephone number at the Social Security Office Locator. The number may appear under Show Additional Office Information. You may also find the online Schedule of Social Security Payments calendar for 2020 helpful.

  2. William D.

    I was approved in december of 2019 since then I have gotten a divorce all you need is a phone call for direct deposit how long after that do I start receiving payments?

  3. Lou A.

    Hi! If the SS retirement check is for the previous month, what month is the Medicare payment for (i.e.: previous month, current month of the following month)?

  4. Hemant P.

    I am supposed to get my check on February 26th 2020. As of today I have not received my Social Security Check. My Birthday is on December 23rd. Today is March 4th

  5. Kathy

    Is the deposit for March paid in arrears? or in other words if some dies 2/29/20 is the March deposit for February or for March — will we owe it back to SSI???

  6. Susan D.

    I did not receive my SSI check in the mail. I got my first check on the 29th of February 2020.

  7. Steve

    If I start my benefit application for social security application on 3/2/20 and my 66th birthday is 7/7/20 for full retirement age, is this the best time to do this or should I wait till 3/7/20 to do this or does it matter , hoping to receive 1st social security check 4 months from this date to get paid on the 2nd Wednesday of the month?

  8. Sherry P.

    my account says my benefits start on the 20. To be mailed. When willl they be here?

  9. Pamlea.Ann.Mcgeein/488-88-1503

    What day do I get paid FomeJune 1st 20/20 only 29 in this month

  10. Thomas K.

    I will start Social Security in July 2020, and I need to find out if I can switch my pay day till the begining of the month. I have rent and other bills due at this time

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